Daily Archives: January 24, 2014

Freestyle Schedule

Freestyle skating sessions are open to competitive skaters only. These are skaters that are goal oriented working on programs with coaches or their own for a competitive edge. 

Freestyle Session Prices

$12.00 Per Session

Punch Cards are not available to purchase during Summer.

Freestyle session payments do not include admission to public sessions.

Visiting Coaching

Visiting coaches are welcome to teach on our sessions for a daily fee, subject to the limitations specified in our Visiting Coaches Statement Policy.

For more information about our Freestyle Sessions contact us by e-mail at info@deserticecastle.com

Coaching Staff

Whether you are new to the sport of figure skating or a seasoned veteran ready to return to competition, Desert Ice Castle has a place for you.  The program offers professional coaching staff experienced in both on-ice and off-ice training. Feel free to contact our coaches directly in order to determine a good fit for your skating needs.

Frank Carroll

Frank Carroll

$50.00 for 20 minutes
Contact Ann Jensen: 310.849.9550

The only figure skating coach to hold the title of "Olympic Coach of the Year", Mr. Carroll is a medalist in 3 US National Championships. His students have won all colors of Olympic medals; Gold, Silver and Bronze, 11 World Championships and numerous National Titles. Champions past & present include Michelle Kwan, Linda Fratianne, Christopher Bowman, Tiffany Chin, Mark Cockerel, Timothy Goebel, Evan Lysacek, Jennifer Kirk, Mirai Nagasu & Carolina Kostner. Mr. Carroll trained with the legendary Maribel Vinson Owen and performed professionally with Shipstad's & Johnson's Ice Follies. Mr. Carroll has been inducted into four Halls of Fame: US Figure Skating, World Figure Skating, Professional Skaters Association and Ice Skating Institute

    Anthony Liu

    Anthony Liu

    $50.00 for 20 minutes
    Contact Anthony Liu: 760.324.0400

    Anthony, as a two-time Olympian and six-time World Competitor, is known as one of the best jumping technicians in the world. With his powerful skating and speed, he is the first skater to land a quad triple combination in competition for Australia. With over 15 years of teaching national and international competitors his students in the 2013/14 season have included Tatsuki Machida (Gold Medalist at 2014 Skate America and Rostelecom Cup, 2014 Japanese Silver Medalist), Riona Kato (2013 Japanese Junior Silver Medalist) Michael Tsao (World Junior competitor) and Palmy Lamsam (World Junior competitor). Anthony coaches all levels of freestyle and jumps, power skating and speed. He also offers off-ice jumping classes.

      Evelyn Kramer

      Evelyn Kramer

      $50.00 for 20 minutes  
      Contact Evelyn Kramer: 760.702.0099

      World and Olympic Master rated coach. Dubbed by the media “Spin Doctor” .Evelyn trained under the great figure skating coach Gustave Lussi and continues to use his methodology. She has coached National and International skaters. She was the coach of Anthony Liu at the Salt Lake Olympics. She has coached Robin Cousins, Silvia Fontana, Tamsin Sear, Caryn Kadavy & many others. She was the official coach of the stars of the movie The Cutting Edge. Evelyn holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and a Master’s Degree in psychology and counseling.

        J. Scott Driscoll

        J. Scott Driscoll

        $35.00 for 20 minutes
        Contact J. Scott Driscoll: 602.670.2989

        U.S. National and International competitor, J.Scott made his Professional Debut in 1984 as a member of The John Curry Skating Company at "The Met" in New York City; he was the Star of "Pinocchio on Ice", a Principal performer with "Dorothy Hamill's Ice Capades and was The Nutcracker in her "Nutcracker on Ice" tour and television specials. Since performing worldwide from 1984-1998 he has been a successful skating school director, private coach and choreographer. Currently residing in Palm Springs he brings 39 years of experience with a creative focus on quality skating edge skills to beginner thru high level skaters here at the Desert Ice Castle.

          Michael Garren

          Michael Garren

          $30.00 for 20 minutes
          Contact Michael Garren: 760.641.4585

          An international skating star for 20 years, Mr. Garren is trained dancer in ballet and jazz and has an extensive principal ice show performance background on stage and television, including featured performances with Ice Capades, Holiday On Ice, The Peggy Fleming Show, Ice Follies and Dorothy Hamill. His method of coaching and patient attention to basic skating skill details creates a solid foundation for continued advancement in the sport, for beginners thru advanced skaters of all ages. With more than 25 years of experience, he is a member of the Professional Skaters Association and United States Figure Skating and is available for group or private lessons.

            Gary Kemp

            Gary Kemp

            $30.00 for 20 minutes
            Contact Gary Kemp: 310.839.4545

            Gary is a USFS Double Gold Medalist in pairs and freestyle and he has performed in over 50 professional ice skating shows all over the world. He has performed with top skaters such as Dorothy Hamill, Tia and Randy, Scott Hamilton and The Ice Capades. He is also skated local commercial and has even starred in a skating movie where he played the current men's world Champion. Gary was also a National and International Medalist and has gone on and coached pupils in National and International competitions. Gary can teach basic skating skills, Moves In the Field, Freestyle, ice dancing, pairs and hockey power skating. Gary is PSA certified.

              Walter Stevenson

              Walter Stevenson

              $40.00 for 30 minutes
              Contact Walter Stevenson at 760.883.0148

              Basic Skating, Freestyle Walter’s skating career began in Cape Cod, MA and includes over 20 years of coaching experience in instructing skating school and private individual lessons. In addition, Walter has 6 years of professional show skating experience including chorus numbers, special acts and figure skating on stilts in shows such as Ice Follies, Holiday on Ice, Disney’s World on Ice and Ice Capades. He performed in shows with world-renowned skaters such as Dorothy Hamill, Janet Lynn, Randy Gardner, Tai Babilonia, Linda Fratianni, Scott Hamilton and Peggy Flemming. His knowledge and expertise comes from extensive training and instruction at The Falmouth FSC, John F Kennedy FSC, Cape Cod Coliseum, Hingham FSC, The Skating Club of Boston and The Lake Placid Olympic Center. Several of his students have medaled in competition and his forte is competitive and exhibition choreography.

                Dani Li

                Dani Li

                $35.00 for 20 minutes
                Contact Dani (Yidan) Li at : 760.464.3836

                Dani competed at national level since she was 12 years old. She was 2 times novice and junior national champion, 6 times national team competitor of China. She also trained as a professional dancer in ballet, modern, and hip-hop dance. Dani enjoys teaching the young skaters to develop into high-level competitors. She believes that hard work will always payoff if you want to be the best. Dani teaches all level skaters. She coaches off-ice stretching, choreography, spin, and jump techniques.

                  Jackie Stemmer

                  Jackie Stemmer

                  $30.00 for 20 Minutes
                  Contact Jackie Stemmer at: 760.668.5014

                  Jackie is a local skater, with years of experience; she competed in both USFSA as well as ISIA, now known as ISI. Jackie is a trained Dancer, and has extensive knowledge in Physical Fitness with years of experience. Jackie’s love of the sport and creative mindset gives her the ability to coach each skater with personal attention to pursue individual goals. In addition, she has coaching experience with all levels of Skating School, Power Stroking to build endurance, also private lessons. Her forte is choreography and perfecting skater's techniques. She makes it her goal to develop young skaters into high-level competitors.

                    Janet Cook

                    Janet Cook

                    $30.00 for 20 Minutes
                    Contact Janet Cook at: 760.641.7928

                    Janet was a USFSA competitive skater that lead to a professional ice skating career spanning a decade. Janet performed both as a soloist and with the chorus with such shows as Holiday on Ice in Europe, America on Ice in Japan and a variety of shows throughout the United States. Throughout her professional career, Janet was a dancer and choreographer for many shows and even had the opportunity to model in a fashion show in Milan, Italy. Janet has coached figure skating to all ages from toddlers to adults and loves the opportunity to help each one find their moment to shine whether it's for the competitor, performer or for those that just want to have fun and learn some skills.

                      Russ Witherby

                      Russ Witherby

                      $50.00 for 30 minutes
                      Contact Russ Witherby: 323.243.8377

                      1992 U.S. Ice Dance Champion World & Olympic Team Member. USFS and PSA Coach for 20 years specializes in Stroking and Edge Skills for IJS, Ice Dancing, Moves in the Fields, strong background in Skating Skills for all levels. Sectional, National and International Coach.

                        Youth Hockey

                        Desert Ice Castle’s In-House Youth Hockey is the continuation of the Beginner Hockey School. This program is designed to develop skating and hockey skills while emphasizing the important of sportsmanship, fair play, team work, and responsibility. The objective is to prepare the player for actual competition.

                        CLASSES ARE HELD: 

                        • Mondays 4:30pm-5:30pm
                        • Saturdays 8:00am-9:00am

                        TERMS: 2 month duration

                        • January/February
                        • March/April
                        • May/June
                        • July/August
                        • September/October
                        • November/December

                        COST: Depends on the day you choose, and the number of weeks there are in the current term. Cost can vary anywhere between $66 to $99

                        GEAR RENTAL: Desert Ice Castle offers its gear for rent at an additional cost.

                        CURRENT TERM DATES & COSTS

                        POWER SKATING & STICK HANDLING

                        For players serious in taking their hockey career to the next level, we have just what you need. Improve your hockey skills with power skating and stick handling classes.   All players attending should be at least 5 years of age or older.

                        STICK TIME

                        Get extra practice time on the ice to continue practicing your skills!


                        In-House Hockey

                        In-House Hockey Program

                        Head Coach: Tom  (760) 641-3853

                        Desert Ice Castle’s In-House Hockey Program is a beginner program that is offered to any first time players ages 3 and up.

                        You have learned the basics of ice skating, now what? In Desert Ice Castle’s In-House Hockey Program, students are taught the fundamentals of the sport of hockey. Our dedicated coaching staff teaches skaters the basics of the sport, emphasizing on skills necessary for this particular activity, and preparing them for the next step!

                        Register Online or Download Forms

                        CLASSES ARE HELD

                        • Mondays 4:45pm-5:45pm (practice)
                        • Wednesdays 4:45pm-5:45pm (practice)
                        • Saturdays 10:00am-11:00am (mini-game)


                        • Package 1: $330.00 – Classes held MONDAYS or WEDNESDAYS and SATURDAYS
                        • Package 2: $430.00 – INTENSIVE TRAINING: Classes held MONDAYS, WEDNESDAYS, and SATURDAYS

                        GEAR RENTAL: Desert Ice Castle offers its gear for rent at an additional cost. See Equipment Rental Form above. OTHER PRACTICE ICE TIME OPTIONS:

                        • STICK TIME: Get extra time on the ice to continue practicing your skills!


                        Power Skating & Stick Handling

                        Desert Ice Castle offers Power Skating & Stick Handling training for a half hour each class. Cost is $15.00 per class, or $25 if you do both.

                        POWER SKATING: Saturdays at 10:00am-10:30am

                        STICK HANDLING: Saturdays at 10:30am-11:00am

                        *Please be sure to check the calendar below for any changes, due to games, tournaments, etc.

                        Hockey requires powerful skating ability and puck-handling skills. We have an amazing coaching staff that care about your future and hockey, and will teach you just what you need to become a better player. You will have fun by learning as you go along. For players serious in taking their hockey career to the highest levels (junior, college, pro, etc.), we have just what you need, and it goes far beyond the regular clinics.

                        All players attending should be at least 5 or older, playing a higher level of hockey, and have higher skating skills.

                        Rules of Play

                        Adult Hockey League
                        RULES & REGULATIONS


                        LEAGUE GUIDELINES:
                        Captains are responsible for notifying all players of the League Rules. The League reserves the right to make any determination with regard to any rule or situation or to change and/or amend the Rules and Regulations, at its sole discretion without prior notice.

                        All Desert Ice Castle Adult Hockey Leagues follow the rules and guidelines of USA Hockey for all age classifications, in addition to those rules, below are the following “in-house” rules.

                        All general matters pertaining to the Desert Ice Castle Adult Hockey League should be directed to the League Director, Andrew Luczynski

                        A player must be eighteen (18) years or older to play in any adult levels.

                        All players must be registered and insured by USA Hockey prior to playing in any game. The
                        www.usahockeyregistration.com web site must be used for all registration purposes.

                        All players must sign and file the Desert Ice Castle Adult Hockey League waiver prior to playing in any game.

                        ALL LEVELS:

                        All games are five (5) minutes warm up, three (3) periods of twenty (20) minute run time.

                        Referees should make all reasonable efforts to stay within the allotted time of 1 hour and 15 minutes regardless of the score or level.

                        However, if the goal differential is two (2) goals with two (2)minutes left in the third period, then the existing stop time clock protocol shall remain in effect until the end of the game.

                        Each team is allowed one (1) timeout (30 seconds) per game.

                        Overtime consists of a 3 man shootout.

                        Red line icing shall be called and the two line offside pass is allowed.

                        All minor penalties are three (3) minutes; majors are six (6) minutes.

                        EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS:

                        All players are required to wear all of the equipment specified by USA Hockey Rules.

                        Any player who does not comply with ALL equipment rules may not participate in the game until he or she is fully compliant.

                        All players must wear the required protective equipment per USA Hockey in the manner for which it is designed and no alterations or modifications may be made from the original manufacturing specifications as any alterations or modifications shall cause said equipment to be illegal.

                        Helmet (“chinstraps”) must be properly fastened by both players and on-ice officials.

                        Players are not required to wear a full-face mask or mouthpiece.

                        JERSEY REGULATIONS:

                        All players are required to wear the same jersey and number as the rest of their team.

                        Every player must wear a readable number on their jersey at all times, according to USA Hockey rules. Only one player per number per team.

                        All player numbers must correspond with the sign-in sheet and score-sheet.

                        Any player who does not comply with the jersey regulations shall serve a five (5) minute misconduct penalty at the beginning of the game. If after two games the player does not have a jersey, the player shall not be able to participate in the game until the player complies.

                        SCORE SHEETS AND ROSTERS:

                        Captains are solely responsible for the proper maintenance of the roster. These are the rosters that will print on the game score-sheet.

                        Each team may roster a minimum of twelve (12) skaters and one (1) goalie.

                        The maximum number of players permitted to play in a game shall not exceed twenty (20).

                        Each team is required to sign the score-sheet prior to stepping on the ice.

                        Do not sign in for your teammates under any circumstance(s). All players on the ice must be accounted for on the sign in sheets. Players arriving late must report to the scorekeeper to sign the roster.

                        PLAYER ELIGIBILITY:

                        All players must be at least eighteen (18) years of age to be eligible for the roster and/or participate in any adult league games. There are NO EXCEPTIONS to this rule for any reason(s).

                        Players shall provide a PHOTO I.D. when asked by the League Director or his designate, any league official, including but not limited to the referee(s) or scorekeepers.

                        Punishment for using illegal players may include but is not limited to one or more of the following; suspension of the player(s), removal of any goals scored or assisted goals, forfeit of the game and suspension of the Captain of record.

                        No one is allowed to play on any team in the league while on suspension from another team.

                        The League Director has the final authority on any and all matters of player eligibility and any other matters relative to the league.


                        Any players, including goalies, who receives five (5) penalties in the same game, will receive a Game Misconduct.

                        FIGHTS ON THE ICE will be reviewed (Score Sheets/Referees’ Testimonials/Video Footage) and the penalties for the offender(s) will be as follows:

                        First Offense: Verbal Warning and one (1) Game Suspension

                        Second Offense: Written Warning and two (2) Games Suspensions

                        Third Offense: Expulsion for three (3) consecutive months..

                        ALL penalties shall be entered on the score-sheet.

                        Players who serve any penalty as a server for any other player shall not be charged for that penalty.

                        A delayed penalty which is canceled by a goal scored, must be reported to the scorekeeper and recorded and does count toward a players gross penalty total.

                        The possession or use of Alcohol and/or drugs or any illegal substances in the locker rooms, anywhere in the building is strictly prohibited.

                        Any player that is substance impaired may be prevented from playing or removed from the game.

                        Any behavior that endangers the players, participants, referees or spectators is intolerable and the league will immediately take action against those involved.

                        SUSPENSIONS AND UNRULY PLAYERS:

                        Players may not play for any team in the league until he has finished serving a suspension for the team with which the suspension was received.

                        A player receiving a second game misconduct during the season will receive a one (1) game suspension for each subsequent infraction.

                        The League reserves the right to issue any length of suspension at any time.

                        All players who come off the players’ bench or penalty box during an altercation shall receive a major plus a game misconduct and be subject to a minimum three (3) game suspension.

                        Captains are ultimately responsible for notifying their players of any suspensions.

                        Players who receive a Match Penalty will be suspended for a minimum of thirty (30) days, pending an investigation. The player will be notified by the League Director about any reinstatement and is not allowed to resume playing prior to receiving written notice from the League Director.

                        Any physical or verbal assault on an on-ice official or an off-ice official is unacceptable, and may result expulsion from the League.

                        Players who are deemed to be continually dangerous, unruly or un-sportsmanlike may be suspended http://www.trevorturnbull.com at the sole discretion of the League Director.

                        Suspension from the regular season will carry over to the playoffs and future seasons.

                        DRUGS POLICY:

                        Possession, use, or being under the influence of narcotics drugs, hallucinogenic drugs, amphetamines, barbiturates, marijuana, or intoxicants of any kind, will result in removal from the league.


                        Only players who have played in the minimum number of required games will be allowed to participate in the playoffs. EACH Player participating in our Adult League, must have played with the same team a minimum of five (5) games to participate in the Playoffs with said team.

                        In the event of a tie in points at the conclusion of the regular season standings, the following tie breaker protocol shall be used:
                        1. Greater Points (two (2) points for a win; one (1) point for a tie; zero (0) points for a loss)
                        2. Head-to-Head
                        3. Greater Wins
                        4. Least Losses
                        5. Greater Goals For
                        6. Fewer Goals Against
                        7. Greater Plus/Minus Record
                        8. Single Coin Toss

                        PLAYER ELIGIBILITY FOR PLAYOFF:

                        Only players who have played in the minimum number of required games will be allowed to participate in the playoffs. Each season requires half the season games played.

                        Captains are ultimately responsible for assuring that all game statistics are accurate, and must address the league director with any questions.

                        The League Director must approve any substitute goalies in the playoffs.

                        PLAYOFF PROTOCOL:

                        All playoff games shall be played according to the same rules for each particular division that were in effect during the regular season.

                        If a playoff game (any game other than championship game) ends in a tie, there shall be a three (3) man penalty shootout. If there is still a tie after the three (3) shooters, a sudden death shootout will take place until there is a winner.

                        If a championship game ends in a tie, there shall be one overtime period, as outlined below:

                        Overtime shall be five (5) minutes stop time and if the game is still tied after overtime, a penalty shot shoot out (5 players) shall commence immediately according to the following procedure.
                        1. The visiting team shall shoot first.
                        2. The teams take the penalty shots alternately.
                        3. If, before five shots are taken, one team has scored more goals than the other could score, even if it were to complete its five shots, no more shots are taken.
                        4. If, after both teams have taken five shots, both have scored the same number of goals, or have not scored any goals, shots continue to be taken in the same alternate order until one team has scored one goal more than the
                        other team from the same number of attempts.
                        5. A different player takes each shot and all eligible players must take a shot before any player can take a second shot.

                        Any goalkeeper rostered for the game, dressed and on the player’s bench may participate as a goalkeeper in the penalty shot shootout.


                        In an event that a team does not have a goalie present and dressed for a game, an emergency goalie may be used. The emergency goalie must currently be registered in the Desert Ice Castle Adult Hockey League.

                        Every goalie must be registered with USA Hockey.

                        If a team does not have a goalie dressed for a game, the team may elect to put in a sixth skater.

                        The Referees must be notified if the player is a sixth skater or a designated goalie.

                        In all levels a designated goalie must have a full wire cage, no plastic masks and no half shields of any kind.

                        Any player not wearing full goalie equipment, who chooses to be a designated goalie, does so at his or her own risk.